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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, July 1, 2021

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We’ve made it to another new month here in this 2021 season.

MLS: New England Revolution at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

July is here folks and with it comes an even busier slate of games than what we’ve seen thus far for FC Dallas in 2021. We’re going to dive into that a bit later today but first here are some links to discuss.

// FC Dallas //

Doyle: FC Dallas' Ricardo Pepi is destined for the very top | MLSSoccer.com
The hype continues to build here as folks at the league's website are finally seeing what we've seen in Pepi for three years now.

FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez likely to keep shifting tactics after ‘not pretty’ approach produced beautiful result | The Striker Texas
I'd rather him stick to what works rather than trying to constantly one-up the other side with these formation switches.

// MLS //

One roster need for every MLS club during the Secondary Transfer Window | MLSSoccer.com
I'm 100% behind the suggestion for FC Dallas on this list. I know ditching Franco Jara (which isn't happening right now folks) is a good idea, but the defense needs help in a big way right now.

MLS MVP Power Rankings: Check out the frontrunners as the 2021 season heats up | MLSSoccer.com
We're ten weeks into the season here (which feels weird to say out loud but here we are) and with that means some power rankings for the MVP race.

Searching for the lost Columbus Crew: A journey from Jumpman to the Houston Texans for the truth – The Athletic
A writer's quest to find three design icons in a league whose identities grow more and more generic with every rebranding.

The Crew's second stadium | US Soccer Players
The Columbus Crew will become the third Major League Soccer team to open a new stadium this season and the first to do that a second time.

Nordecke unveils details on new “Return of the Hard Hats” Columbus Crew goal celebration - Massive Report
So this is a different way to celebrate a goal. Yeah.

The Galaxy's revival continues | US Soccer Players
The LA Galaxy has the goals from multiple-time MLS Player of the Week winner Chicharito Hernandez and better defense in 3rd-place in the West.

Atlanta United President Darren Eales: “We’re always looking to improve the squad.” - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United’s chief executive hinted at an active transfer window for the club this summer.

Impressive Midfield Depth is Key to Orlando City’s Success - The Mane Land
With key midfielders nearing their returns to the lineup, Orlando City will have the midfield depth to compete with anyone.

Austin FC signs Senegalese striker Moussa Djitté | The Striker Texas
Austin has been in desperate need of a striker and they get one through the new U22 initiative.

Moussa Djitté signing shows Claudio Reyna is building Austin FC for ‘MLS 5.0’ | The Striker Texas
This is the first I’ve heard of an MLS 5.0 but I do appreciate the suggestion of being patient with a young foreign signing like this.